The SIUSA Winter Board Meeting was hosted by Skal Boston Jan 23 – 25, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Boston.
Early arrivals were treated to a dinner at “Cheers” hosted by owner and Skal Boston member, Tom Kershaw. Most attendees arrived in Boston in time to participate in Skal Bostons January luncheon and installation of officers. The opening event was hosted by The Lenox Hotel and their General Manager, Dan Donahue, Skal Boston incoming Vice President. The Winter Board meeting took place at the Hyatt and went from 9AM to 5:45PM on Saturday. Outgoing President opened the meeting via conference call as he was unable to attend. He turned the reigns of office over to Martha McClintock. Observers attended from Albany, NY, Atlanta, Ga., Washington DC, Sacramento, CA, New York and Boston. The closing dinner was held at “The Top of the Hub” Restaurant hosted by Raphael Oliver, a Skal Boston Member. The cocktail party was followed by a 5 course dinner with wine. Bouquets of flowers were given to everyone on departure.
“Thank you SI Boston for all your hospitality and for putting together an amazing event” Paul Dhadda, SI Sacramento
“Outstanding Event. Boston exceeded everyone’s expectations for the evening functions, and SI Boston was even able to work out the weather so everyone could arrive in Boston and leave on Sunday.” Dick Knorpp SI Washington DC
“Holly, thank you and the Boston club for a sterling experience. Spending quality time with you and our colleagues was the highlight of the visit.” John Ruzich, Skal New York
“What an amazing weekend in Boston – thank you and everyone from Skal Boston for hosting us. It was truly a memorable experience and one I won’t soon forget.” Dave Ryan, Skal Sacramento
On Friday, January 23, 2015, Skal Boston celebrated its 76th Anniversary and installation of officers at the Hyatt Regency Downtown. Over 130 members and guests attended including members of SIUSA and Skal members from around the country. The celebration honored Philip Stamm, outgoing President and his tremendously successful year. Former President Bob Lawler served as Master of Ceremonies. Lou Conkling, Skal International Director, Martha McClintock, SIUSA incoming President along with Julie Doherty Pagano and Phil Stamm gave the Skal Toast. Lou Conkling officiated over the pinning of incoming officers.
Phil Stamm asked for a moment of silence for club members who have passed away this past year; Liem Sexton, R. Toby Dillas and Bruce Leaver.
Phil recapped the years accomplishments with Boston being selected as Skal International Club of the Year as well as the establishment and funding of the Bruce Leaver Scholarship. He presented Presidential Awards to Terrilynn Haak for her tireless work running the monthly raffle for years and David Colella for hosting the Holiday party, raffle and auction each year. A special medal was presented to Holly Powers for her work for Club of the Year and the SIUSA Winter Board Meeting.
Julie Doherty Pagano was chained by Phil and Lou Conkling as incoming President. She outlined the upcoming year and pledged she would work hard to grow the club.
The Hyatt Regency staff did a tremendous job. The cocktail hour featured special food stations and open bar. There was a photo booth where people could have a photo of themselves with the Boston Skyline int the background. After a fantastic lunch, guest enjoyed a desert room where drinks and coffee were served and cigars were rolled and enjoyed on the patio around a chestnut firm.
A great time was had by all.